The former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd), says that his vision in the oil and gas industry will continue to flourish.
General Babangida says this is because his administration considered petroleum very important during his tenure.
He made the statement on Tuesday when he received the Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Niger State, Engineer Abdullahi Jankara, at his residence in Minna.
“I appreciate the evolution of history of petroleum in the country because I consider it very important during our tenure.
“We discussed a lot with my Minister of Petroleum, Professor Jibrin Aminu and our vision is still working and will continue to flourish,” he said.
The former military President appreciated the visit of the DPR boss and commended the efforts put in place in oil and gas sector.
He assured the DPR of maximum support and assistance from the people of Niger State who he said are known for peace and for Nigeria’s development.
The Babangida-led administration established the only petrochemical industry in Nigeria situated in Eleme, Port Harcourt which Nigeria relies on till date.
Mr Jankara, in his remarks, applauded the machinery put in place by the former military President’s administration.
He described the former Head of State as a visionary leader, adding that it was his vision for the establishment of the two deports in the state that led to the citing of DPR in Niger State.
The DPR official also visited the palace of the Emir of Minna, HRM Umar Faruk Bahago, to seek his royal blessings.
He said that those involved in the distribution of petroleum have begun to appreciate the work of DPR in the state unlike when they were unaware of the benefits of licensing their business.
HRH Bahago also appreciated the foresight of General Babangida and that of the present administration for their vision at every level to succeed. He assured the DPR of his support.